Thursday, November 12, 2009

A New Airline Commission?

In 1992, the U.S. Congress passed enabling legislation for the National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry.  While Congress (with the notable exception of Rep. James Oberstar) has placed aviation on the back burner, the U.S. Department of Transportation has not.  Now, over 15 years since the Airline Commission was formed, the DOT announced at the end of its closed-door meeting with industry stakeholders that it is forming a new federal advisory committee to study and recommend regulatory changes for the air transport sector.  See Jennifer Michels, New Panel to Create U.S. Aviation Blueprint, Aviation Wk., Nov. 12, 2009 (available here).  From the story:

The announcement was made during closing remarks to an invitation-only, five-hour meeting of airline, airport, labor and consumer group representatives yesterday, who were called together to discuss the future of U.S. aviation. It appeared to have covered the gamut, and ended with LaHood asking the participants to go home and send him an email with three things: how many people should be on the committee, what the mix of participants should be, and the five issues they think must be addressed for the DOT to create a road map for aviation.

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